Some of my favorite bands have played on the Mountain Stage recently – here are the links to the concerts that are available on the NPR website. You can also listen to the concerts and download the mp3 on the Mountain Stage site.
Joy Kills Sorrow On Mountain Stage
The bluegrass band draws influence from the worlds of jazz, pop and rock in its innovative arrangements. Here, the group covers The Postal Service’s electro-pop classic “Such Great Heights” with a mastery that makes it sound as if the song belonged to Joy Kills Sorrow all along.
Joy Kills Sorrow – Such Great Heights – OFFICIAL VIDEO
Sarah Jarosz On Mountain Stage
Widely regarded as one of the most exciting performers in roots music, Jarosz continues to embrace her bluegrass background while incorporating influences from pop, folk and indie rock. Hear the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist perform songs from her latest record, Build Me Up From Bones.
Sarah Jarosz: “Build Me Up From Bones,” Live On Soundcheck
The Deadly Gentlemen On Mountain Stage
The five virtuoso musicians came together to form an unconventional string band with influences from the worlds of pop, rock and spoken word. Hear the group perform songs from its latest album, Roll Me, Tumble Me, recorded live in Tennessee.
The Deadly Gentlemen “Roll Me, Tumble Me”
Check also the following two bluegrass bands on Mountain Stage: Steep Canyon Rangers and The Greencards
Steep Canyon Rangers On Mountain Stage
Based in North Carolina, the band has a solid foundation in traditional bluegrass and old-time music, while constantly folding in influences from country, pop and folk. Hear the boundary-pushing group perform songs from its new album, Tell the Ones I Love.
The Greencards On Mountain Stage
The Australian bluegrass band kicks off a high-energy set with “Make It Out West,” which the group says was inspired by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Hear The Greencards perform new songs, as well as material from 2011’s fan-funded release, The Brick Album.